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Nathaniel Hawthorne

Data urodzenia: 4. Lipiec 1804
Data zgonu: 19. Maj 1864

Nathaniel Hawthorne – pisarz romantyczny, uważany za jednego z największych i najbardziej wpływowych twórców literatury amerykańskiej XIX wieku.

Zanurzona w mroku i grozie, mocno religijna twórczość Hawthorne’a ogniskowała się wokół problematyki grzechu pierworodnego, tudzież losów bohaterów uwikłanych w rozpaczliwe konflikty winy i odkupienia. Niektórzy badacze mówią wręcz o „obsesji grzechu” u autora Szkarłatnej litery. Sam Hawthorne tłumaczył swoje pisarstwo, a zwłaszcza obecne w niej zainteresowanie dylematami moralnymi, potrzebą zadośćuczynienia miastu Salem i poniesienia odpowiedzialności za zło wyrządzone przez purytańską społeczność, która końcem XVII wieku - 1692, była sprawcą słynnego „procesu czarownic”.

Nathaniel Hawthorne wraz z Edgarem Allanem Poem do dziś stawiany jest w poczet znawców mrocznych stron ludzkiej psychiki we wczesnej literaturze amerykańskiej.

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Twice-Told Tales
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Cytaty Nathaniel Hawthorne

„Szczęście jest jak motyl: kiedy usiłujesz je złapać, zawsze wymyka ci się z rąk. Ale jeśli cichutko usiądziesz, to może samo do ciebie przyleci.“

—  Nathaniel Hawthorne

Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. (ang.)

„Easy reading is damn hard writing.“

—  Nathaniel Hawthorne

Also attributed to Ernest Hemingway and others; the earliest definite occurrence of this yet found in research for Wikiquote is by Maya Angelou, who stated it in Conversations With Maya Angelou (1989) edited by Jeffrey M. Elliot:
I think it's Alexander Pope who says, "Easy writing is damn hard reading," and vice versa, easy reading is damn hard writing
The statement she referred to is most probably:
You write with ease, to show your breeding,
But easy writing's curst hard reading
Clio's Protest, or the Picture Varnished (written 1771, published 1819) by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
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„Halfway down a by-street of one of our New England towns stands a rusty wooden house, with seven acutely peaked gables, facing towards various points of the compass, and a huge, clustered chimney in the midst.“

—  Nathaniel Hawthorne, książka The House of the Seven Gables

Źródło: The House of the Seven Gables (1851), Ch. I : The Old Pyncheon Family
Kontekst: Halfway down a by-street of one of our New England towns stands a rusty wooden house, with seven acutely peaked gables, facing towards various points of the compass, and a huge, clustered chimney in the midst. The street is Pyncheon Street; the house is the old Pyncheon House; and an elm-tree, of wide circumference, rooted before the door, is familiar to every town-born child by the title of the Pyncheon Elm.

„Long, long may it be, ere he comes again! His hour is one of darkness, and adversity, and peril.“

—  Nathaniel Hawthorne, książka The Gray Champion

"The Gray Champion" (1835) from Twice Told Tales (1837, 1851)
Kontekst: Long, long may it be, ere he comes again! His hour is one of darkness, and adversity, and peril. But should domestic tyranny oppress us, or the invader's step pollute our soil, still may the Gray Champion come, for he is the type of New England's hereditary spirit; and his shadowy march, on the eve of danger, must ever be the pledge, that New England's sons will vindicate their ancestry.

„What, in the name of common-sense, had I to do with any better society than I had always lived in?“

—  Nathaniel Hawthorne, książka The Blithedale Romance

The Blithedale Romance (1852)
Kontekst: What, in the name of common-sense, had I to do with any better society than I had always lived in? It had satisfied me well enough. My pleasant bachelor-parlor, sunny and shadowy, curtained and carpeted, with the bedchamber adjoining... my evening at the billiard club, the concert, the theatre, or at somebody's party, if I pleased - what could be better than all this? Was it better to hoe, to mow, to toil and moil amidst the accumulations of a barnyard; to be the chambermaid of two yoke of oxen and a dozen cows; to eat salt beef, and earn it with the sweat of my brow, and thereby take the tough morsel out of some wretch's mouth, into whose vocation I had thrust myself?

„The moment when a man's head drops off is seldom or never, I am inclined to think, precisely the most agreeable of his life.“

—  Nathaniel Hawthorne, książka The Scarlet Letter

Introduction: The Custom-House
The Scarlet Letter (1850)
Kontekst: The moment when a man's head drops off is seldom or never, I am inclined to think, precisely the most agreeable of his life. Nevertheless, like the greater part of our misfortunes, even so serious a contingency brings its remedy and consolation with it, if the sufferer will but make the best, rather than the worst, of the accident which has befallen him.

„Romance and poetry, ivy, lichens and wallflowers need ruin to make them grow.“

—  Nathaniel Hawthorne, książka The Marble Faun

Preface
The Marble Faun (1860)
Kontekst: No author, without a trial, can conceive of the difficulty of writing a romance about a country where there is no shadow, no antiquity, no mystery, no picturesque and gloomy wrong, nor anything but a commonplace prosperity, in broad and simple daylight, as is happily the case with my dear native land. It will be very long, I trust, before romance writers may find congenial and easily handled themes, either in the annals of our stalwart republic, or in any characteristic and probable events of our individual lives. Romance and poetry, ivy, lichens and wallflowers need ruin to make them grow.

„I do detest all offices — all, at least, that are held on a political tenure.“

—  Nathaniel Hawthorne

1840
Notebooks, The American Notebooks (1835 - 1853)
Kontekst: I do detest all offices — all, at least, that are held on a political tenure. And I want nothing to do with politicians. Their hearts wither away, and die out of their bodies. Their consciences are turned to india-rubber, or to some substance as black as that, and which will stretch as much.

„Let us forget the other names of American statesmen, that have been stamped upon these hills, but still call the loftiest — WASHINGTON.“

—  Nathaniel Hawthorne, książka Sketches from Memory

"Sketches from Memory": The Notch of the White Mountains (1835)
Kontekst: Let us forget the other names of American statesmen, that have been stamped upon these hills, but still call the loftiest — WASHINGTON. Mountains are Earth's undecaying monuments. They must stand while she endures, and never should be consecrated to the mere great men of their own age and country, but to the mighty ones alone, whose glory is universal, and whom all time will render illustrious.

„As far as my experience goes, men of genius are fairly gifted with the social qualities; and in this age, there appears to be a fellow-feeling among them, which had not heretofore been developed.“

—  Nathaniel Hawthorne

"The Hall of Fantasy" (1843)
Kontekst: As far as my experience goes, men of genius are fairly gifted with the social qualities; and in this age, there appears to be a fellow-feeling among them, which had not heretofore been developed. As men, they ask nothing better than to be on equal terms with their fellow-men; and as authors, they have thrown aside their proverbial jealousy, and acknowledge a generous brotherhood.

„In old times, the settlers used to be astounded by the inroads of the northern Indians, coming down upon them from this mountain rampart, through some defile known only to themselves. It is indeed a wondrous path.“

—  Nathaniel Hawthorne, książka Sketches from Memory

"Sketches from Memory": The Notch of the White Mountains (1835)
Kontekst: In old times, the settlers used to be astounded by the inroads of the northern Indians, coming down upon them from this mountain rampart, through some defile known only to themselves. It is indeed a wondrous path. A demon, it might be fancied, or one of the Titans, was travelling up the valley, elbowing the heights carelessly aside as he passed, till at length a great mountain took its stand directly across his intended road. He tarries not for such an obstacle, but rending it asunder, a thousand feet from peak to base, discloses its treasures of hidden minerals, its sunless waters, all the secrets of the mountain's inmost heart, with a mighty fracture of rugged precipices on each side. This is the Notch of the White Hills. Shame on me, that I have attempted to describe it by so mean an image — feeling, as I do, that it is one of those symbolic scenes, which lead the mind to the sentiment, though not to the conception, of Omnipotence.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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